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KETEKE director Peter Sedufia, Adjetey Anang present FILMMAKING WORKSHOP this May

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Director Peter Sedufia, known for his compelling period piece Keteke (starring Adjetey Anang, Lydia Forson, Fred Amugi among others) has announced via Facebook, his forthcoming workshop dubbed The Director’s Call.

Slated for this May, the programme sees renowned actor Adjetey Annang as co- facilitator. The three-day event looks to ‘bridge the tension and gap between the new director and the star actor, as well as the new actor and the star actor; and also, the new director and the new actor” Other popular actors/actresses including Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi, Nana Ama Mcbrown will also be given mentorship roles over the participants.

Read Sedufia’s full announcement below:


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Read our review of Sedufia’s Keteke below: 

He should have known – poor Boi – by the way she watched him as he made his way back to the spot she had stopped, that something worse would follow. Hell hath no fury than pregnant Atswei, who has possibly just missed her final chance at making Akete in time for the baby.

And then, as if she hadn’t seen with her own eyes that they had missed the train, he sighs, “we missed the train”. She remains silent. He pushes his luck further, stretching out a gentle hand to touch her shoulder. “Are you alri…”

“Don’t touch me! Don’t you dare touch me!”, she barks!

“What has come over you?”, he inquires, shaken.

“You have. You have come all over me!”, she retorts in the same heightened tone, before grabbing a suitcase and making for the direction which leads back home.

Boi manages to stop her with a stern voice. Then, she goes into a long rapid rant blaming him for what just happened. The outburst is so overwhelming that it causes him to stutter his next sentences.

“THAT TRAIN WAS FOR US BOI, AND NOW WE MISSED IT”

It is important to separate these words from everything else she says in the first scene of Peter Sedufia’s recent film Ketete, for you can hear the lump in her voice as she speaks them. They’re sober and defeated, and summarise a powerfully sad opening scene.

It is 80s Ghana, and the rail system is the one vehicle from the outskirts. That is why them missing this train is a bad thing. It casts the most vehement shadow on whether or not she would achieve her desire of having her child in Akete.

I think Atswei, and my Aku, present similar temperaments –except Atswei (played by Lydia Forson), is expecting, whereas my Aku is merely thinking about it.

But they’re both insufferable. Like Atswei, my Aku complains constantly (in that rapid piercing voice which I hear even in my sleep), is easily underwhelmed at me, and is mischievous in ways usually unheard of about women.

Because Atswei is expecting, and has just missed a very important train, her behaviour may be excused. It is expected of expecting mothers to have this many expectations, and to cause significant neck and back pain in her partner with everlasting mood swings. I’ll get back to you when I have answers regarding my Aku. Also, I should just go ahead and delete some of the above paragraphs if I look forward to a civil conversation tonight.

Actually, wait! All women, pregnant or not, are insufferable if you really think about it…just in varying degrees and different times.

“You’re evil”, husband Boi (Adjetey Anang) cries during an early scene. He has just been served agonising payback. Minutes ago, when Atswei (sitting two feet away on a rail line) flings a stone at his eye…too painful to be playful, she inquires, smiling: “is it hurting?”. Unbelievable!

Immediately, a great idea drops into his afro. He feigns amnesia, and begins to ask disturbing questions: “who are you?”, “where am I?”. These words are frightening any day, more so in the middle of nowhere, and with nobody else around. He laughs after those ten strange seconds, and she’s both annoyed and relieved.

But as Boi (who is himself a tad insufferable too) finds out swiftly, you should never undermine an angry pregnant woman. Never! An idea, greater than his, drops into her bulging womb. She begins to slap her right thigh. The veins on Boi’s face contort into a bovine expression. She looks like she’s genuinely reeling from the pain which announces labour. Of all the things one could request in a time like this, her appetite leans towards coconut water. Coconut water! Where can he get coconut water in a place like this? He directs that question to her. She doesn’t even seem to hear him, and continues her act. Ten seconds after, she too lets out a hearty laugh, punctuated with the words “draw draw!”. These words can pain! It is then that he blurts out those strong words. Atswei is not perturbed. “Eeeeh. That’s why you married me”, she simply responds, satisfied at the effectiveness of her performance.

It is what happens for most of Keteke. Endless quarrelling between lovers, about each other’s mother-in-law, or the gender of their unborn baby, or whose making the baby was in the first place, or whether to partake of a scrumptious table prepared them by a witch doctor they encounter at a point. Everything.

What therefore, is the language of love, for it is not this! Accusing a partner’s mother of being a witch among other grave invectives is definitely not something you would say to someone you have committed to adore for the rest of your life.

There are only one or two occasions where they speak to each other in the tender dialogue that we expect of lovers –one being when Atswei stares death in the face. Stretched out on the tracks, she lets out strained breaths in a fight for her life.  They clarify their true sentiments, in plain words at last, before she closes her eyes and, kneeling over her, he yells into the skies.

Keteke is a very important film because, it exposes the not too pretty aspects of a relationship. A marriage is never entirely rosy, and no matter how many times we say it, it is important to also display it in art, so prospective partners especially, would know that it’s okay to not smile at each other sometimes –that long fights are a love language too, and that the biggest test of a person’s character could be their soul mate too.

A truly moving period piece, Sedufia manipulates expertly, and with godly audacity, many many emotions in the viewer’s eyes and bosom. He explores primarily, the passé theme of love, but through a perspective that is fresh. Interesting that he has to revert to the 80s to execute this. This is the ultimate test of the wedding day promises: when all is lost, and you only  have a spouse for sanity, and a rail line as compass, will they suffice? Will love survive?

Also dominant in the film are the ideas of sacrifice and tolerance. What lengths shall a man go to prove his affection? Catch a grenade? Jump in front of a bullet? Swim across seven oceans? I’d say, surviving through a pregnant woman’s many erratic moods in the wild is right up there with these gestures.

In many cases, a baby is the crowning moment of a love story. Somehow though, it appears to be bad luck for Boi and Atswei. Indeed, it is the reason for several of their tiffs on the journey.

Keteke (also starring Fred Amugi, Adjetey Anang, Joseph Otsiman, Clement Suarez, Raymond Sarfo, as well as General Ntatia), is one of the most successful motion pictures the year has so far produced. It generated unprecedented activity on social media, and obviously translated unto the day of its release. Images from the March 4 premiere show several scores of patrons lining up to watch it. Producers say over a thousand people showed up for the premiere, and they had to turn many away due to oversubscription.

It has proven to be a remarkable filmmaking debut by Sedufia, and automatically takes him to the first rank of emerging directors from these parts. He has grasped an unpretentious way of telling our stories. That is extraordinary, and welcome.

One can only have good expectations for the film, considering the quality which went into its making: a straightforward story which also delicately reveals many astounding complexities.

In the end (and on a very serious note), know this: your woman is always right! It’s just the way these things work: Nana Addo is president, Jollof cures terminal cancer, and your woman is right, every time. She may be insufferable, and cynical, and mildly sadistic, but she’s right, eventually –ask Boi about the witchdoctor who offered them a lavish feast and kept calling Atswei “my lady”.

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EXCLUSIVE IMAGES! Maiden Shatta Movement Soccer Tournament held!

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Over the weekend at the Lizzy Sports Complex in Accra, the maiden edition of the Shatta Movement Soccer Tournament came off.

The event was put together in celebration of the Shatta Movement, the fan army that serves as backbone for dancehall singer Shatta Wale ( Charles Nii Armah Mensah). The motive of the event, which was also attended by the dancehall star, rapper Pope Skinny, Joint 77, Natty Lee, was to further strengthen the bond that already exists within the family.

Full of fun and laughter, the gala saw winners take home medals, a trophy, and various can prizes.  Here are exclusive Kwabena Awuku -made images from the event:

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Over 3,000 Vodafone Customers to watch “Black Panther” this Friday

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Over 3,000 loyal Vodafone Ghana customers will, this Friday, get the opportunity to watch the most anticipated Marvel masterpiece, Black Panther and other blockbuster movies at the Silver Bird Cinemas at the West Hills and Accra Malls respectively.

The movie, which premieres globally this Friday, is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Black Panther. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, king of Wakanda. T’Challa returns home after a journey to find his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary in a conflict that has global consequences.

Commenting on the initiative Patricia Obo-Nai, Ag. Director of Sales and Marketing at Vodafone Ghana said:

‘’We are excited that our customers will get to watch Black Panther and other blockbuster movies as part of our quarterly movie experience dubbed “Vodafone X Insomnia.” The all-night movie experience is one of our numerous loyalty programmes designed to reward and show appreciation to our customers.’’

She added that Vodafone will take over the entire SilverBird Cinema halls at the West Hills and Accra Malls to deliver this memorable movie experience and quality entertainment to its customers. Patrons will also be refreshed with free drinks and popcorn during the event.

Black Panther has already broken pre-sale ticket records and is making review history. The film currently holds a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (it was at 100 percent for a while), but even more impressively, the Marvel film holds the title for the highest rated live-action superhero movie ever.

 

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Veteran actor Super OD passes

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Ghanaian movie legend Asonaba Kweku Darko, better known as Super OD, has reportedly died this morning, February 13.

Over an influential career beginning in the 1970s, the funny man starred in a variety of roles in popular productions, such as the movies Fatal Decision and Double Cross, as well as the Akan Drama on GTV. The actor began his career in the Oppong Drama Group which later became known as Osofo Dodzie Group.

Father of 14 children, Super OD was aged 82.

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2018 VGMAs scheduled for April 14!

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Charterhouse Ghana, organisers of the annual Ghana Music Awards, have announced a line -up of events for this year’s edition.

This was made known at a press conference this morning, February 9.

The festival, sponsored by telecom giant Vodafone, comprises an official launch on March 5, a nominees’ jam in Cape Coast on March 24, a music seminar at the Movënpick Hotel on 12th April, and the main event at the Accra International Conference Centre on April 14. The main event will be followed by a celebration jam in Tema on April 28.

A total of 709 nominations were received for the scheme, about 72% which received online.

Singer Joe Mettle, currently holds the ultimate title of Artist of the Year, something widely believed to be   snatched by dancehall singer Ebony, who was reported dead last night in an accident on the Sunyani – Kumasi road.

Below are images from the event:

 

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Peter Sedufia -directed ‘Sidechic Gang’ premieres this March!

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OldFilm Production, the outfit that published award-winning  period piece “Keteke”, is set to follow it up with highly-anticipated comedy ‘Sidechic Gang’ this March.

Starring Nana Ama McBrown, Lydia Forson, Sika Osei, Adjetey Anang, Bernard Nyarko, Eddie Kufour, Akorfa Edjeane among others, the movie is expected to prove a landmark piece, like “Keteke” did when it was released last year.

Director and CEO of OldFilm Productions, Peter Sedufia, is confident that the motion picture is headed  “beyond the horizon” when it is finally outdoored on March 3 at the Silverbird Cinemas (Accra Mall and West Hill Mall).

 

Synopsis:

“Three female friends find out they can make fortunes from exposing cheating husbands and boyfriends after making tons of cash unexpectedly from reporting a cheating husband to the wife.

They quit their ushering job to set up “Sidechic Gang” – an agency solely dedicated to clamping down the side chick menace. Their services are available to only women.

After few exposè, their Sidechic Gang becomes popular, attracting traffic from victims of side chicks. This translates into more cash for them. The men in the town are unhappy with the sudden popularity of the gang.

The Sidechic Gang’s biggest deal is yet to hit them. It comes from a filthy rich man who suspects his fiancée is cheating on him. He is aware the gang does not serve men, but,                      he is willing to pay anything it costs to justify his suspicion. The gang takes on the task. They know what this means for their bank account. Their greatest opposition, however,             is the many aggrieved men who benefit from the services of side chicks, and would do anything to ensure they fail.

Will the Sidechic Gang succeed in their quest or, the aggrieved men will?”

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Shatta Wale stars in Kejetia Vs. Makola – THE MOVIE!

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Beloved dancehall act, Shatta Wale, will star in a film adaptation of popular sitcom Kejetia Vs. Makola. It will be his second stint onset a movie, after appearing on Shattered Lives in 2016.

The motion picture, scheduled for release sometime this year, sees the “Taking Over” man perform alongside known faces of the Liezer Legacy production: Lawyer Ntim (Richmond Xavier Amoakoh), Judge Louis Lamis (Louis Lamis) among others.

Shatta Wale recently signed with creative arts giant ZYLOFON Music, for a reported fee of $1.5 million. Here are behind-the-scenes images of the production:

 

 

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